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BC-SC--South Carolina News Digest, SC

July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day! The interim Carolinas News Editor is Jeffrey Collins. The supervisor is Jeffrey Collins.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date.

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SWEETGRASS ROSES-ARREST

CHARLESTON — A 16-year-old arrested and sent to a juvenile jail after police said he was selling sweetgrass roses without a permit at a popular South Carolina market would have just been taken home if he hadn’t fought with an officer, Charleston’s police chief said. The officer had noted the teen selling the art, called Palmetto Roses, for several weeks as he walked in traffic near Charleston’s City Market, according to a police report. SENT: 340 words.

IN BRIEF:

— SUSPICIOUS FIRES, from COLUMBIA — Federal authorities have been asked to help investigate after 14 fires have been reported within a few miles of each other in less than three months in South Carolina’s capital city. SENT: APNewsNow.

— ALLIGATOR CROSSING, from HILTON HEAD ISLAND — How did the alligator cross the road? With some help from police officers in South Carolina. SENT: APNewsNow.

— PARKING LOT FIRE, from FORT MILL — Investigators say they will never know the cause of a fire that damaged 12 vehicles in the parking lot of an amusement park because the blaze burned so hot it destroyed the evidence. SENT: APNewsNow.

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